By: Times Staff Report
November 21, 2012
MOREHEAD - A longtime head coach is heading out at Morehead State University. Morehead State Director of Athletics Brian Hutchinson has announced that Head Football Coach Matt Ballard’s contract will not be renewed after it expires in December. Ballard served as head coach of the Eagles for 19 seasons and an assistant for four additional years.
“It is very important to me that we express our gratitude for Coach Ballard’s efforts on behalf of our program for over two decades,” Hutchinson said. “He inherited a program that was in shambles, and had an opportunity to coach and lead several hundred young men over the years. I am grateful to him for his dedicated service to our university.”
Morehead State posted a 102-105 record in Ballard’s time as its head coach. The Eagles finished the 2012 campaign 4-7 overall and 3-5 in the Pioneer Football League.
“We have not made continual progress on the football field,” Hutchinson added. “The program is not performing up to the expectations we have for it. Over the years, we have identified obstacles to our success and have been diligent in addressing them. The results have been consistent for a few seasons now, and it is time to change leadership.”
A national search for Ballard’s replacement will begin immediately.